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It’s Your Money

October 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

 

moneySo what will you do with it? How much comes in each month, do you really know? And how do you spend your money, do you even know that?

Many want to become billionaires, yet they have no clue where their money goes. It’s your money, shouldn’t you know when it comes in and where it goes when it leaves? For the next 30 days track everything that comes in, not what they say your salary is, but what you actually bring home or send to your bank account. At the same time, for those same 30 days track everything and every way you spend your money. Pay a bill – write it down. Go out to eat – write it down. Get a bonus – write it down.

At the end of those 30 days you should have a good idea of what comes in, what goes out, and any difference between the two. This is NOT setting up a budget, it’s just data gathering so you’ll be better informed about your money.

Once you do that for 30 days, you can set up some guidelines so you can manage your money well. It’s your money, you can tell it what to do. If you tell $25 to sit and stay, it won’t move until you decide to spend it.

Did you know that if you start your career making $25K/year and you continue working for 20 years that ½ a Million dollars will pass through your hands? And that’s if you’re a slacker and never get a raise during those 20 years! That’s a significant chunk of change.

You are now the CEO of a potential $1,000,000 firm – You, Inc. What you do with you and how you handle your resources can make or break the future of that firm.

It’s that simple.

It’s your money – learn to get along with it.

 

Christmas in March

March 12, 2015 — Leave a comment

Christmas presents4First, Let’s see who won yesterday’s trivia question. The question was: “Bottomless Lakes State Park, east of Roswell, was New Mexico’s first what?” The correct answer was D – State Park. Congratulations to the winners:

Now allow me to ask a question of you: What present does your family, or your work/business, or do you really need this year from you?

Be careful, and not too quick, how you answer. Take a moment and think about that. What is really needed from you this year?

I know you’ve heard it many times before, but no one on their death bed ever said, “Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office!” Now it’s important that you show up and do whatever it is you do each day. As I’ve said before – we need your creativity, your passion, along with your input. Those ideas just straining to get out of your head are desperately needed today.

So go on and go to the office. Go ahead and do what you do so well, but take the time to think about what is truly needed of you. What can you do that only you can do? Ah, that’s a slightly different question, but an important one nonetheless.

You’ve got a few months to come up with an answer and to implement what your idea. What does your family need from you this year? What do the organizations that you volunteer with need from you? What do you need from you this year?

Share your ideas below. Someone else might just need to hear from another to spur them on to coming up with their own answer.

 

Please excuse the shameless play on words, but stay with me for a moment. Do you know how before actually coming into the main part of the building most buildings have a foyer that you enter and proceed through?

grande foyer

Well, just like those buildings, before we can lead others we need to focus on four “yours” to lead ourselves well.

1.  Yourself.

We need to focus on leading ourselves so that we can say to others, “been there, done that, now you can too.” That way we’re not asking those on our team to do something that we wouldn’t do. They know that we’ve already done the task – so it is doable, and has already been done at least once, by someone on their team.

Also, when we begin with ourselves it communicates that we are not placing ourselves above the others of our team. We are no better than they are and we’re all in this together. There is no “top-down” flow of power, no lack of accountability and every member of the team is responsible for honing their leadership skills.

2.  Your history.

You have a wealth of experiences that are unique to you alone. You are valuable to your team for that very reason! You also have a unique set of gifts, talents, passions along with your history. Put that all together and you are able to bring to your team a perspective that none other can.

Because of you being uniquely you, you need to learn how to lead from your unique position. Others may not always see from your viewpoint, but it is necessary nonetheless. And we need you to lead from your unique giftedness!

3. Your plans.

You also have unique dreams, plans, and ideas that need to be shared – if for no other reason than because we may not have ever thought about that. John Lennon penned those famous words, “you may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” and his words are still true today.

What dreams do you have and how can you lead from them?

4.  Your emotions.

Are you beginning to detect a pattern here? You also have a unique set of emotions that defines you. You can combine them with your gifts and dreams and lead as no other person can.

So why not begin today to lead from your “four-your”? Once you do, your leadership will take on new-found strength and power.

We are all eager to see how that will play out. Share with us how you’re leading through your unique “four-your” – it could spur someone else on to do great things.

basketballPastor Rick Warren, with Saddleback Church, wrote a best-selling book several years ago that began with the line: “It’s not about you.” That book went on to sell millions of copies and has recently been revamped and updated for 2013 and beyond.

Here’s the thing – that first line still holds true.

Whether you are in business, in a service industry, in a non-profit, or in a relationship one of the primary things you have to understand is that it’s not about you.

We often get the feeling that everything is about us when we watch TV ads or read magazine ads or look at article headlines in those same magazines. Some TV commercials will even attempt to inform us that it’s about having it our way.

But, when it’s all been said and done, if we live our life as if it’s all about us we will live sad and lonely lives. So what’s the alternative?

Quite simply, it’s about giving ourselves away and living for something bigger than ourselves. We were not created to become selfish people only concerned with the contemplation of our own navels.

You were created for something more – something bigger.

So go out and do something big today.

paintingThat’s a fair question.

If you were telling someone about you – what would you say?

If you were applying for a new position – other than the resume info, what would you tell them?

What are you doing right now to refine that definition?

If we were to look you up in Wikipedia, what would that say about you?

Each of us is more than the sum of the resume parts. Every one of us is far deeper than we give ourselves credit for. So why not attempt the unthinkable?

Define who you are now and who you’d like to be.

Then go out and become that second person.

Are You What You Do?

October 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Think about that for a moment. Think about the many things you do – the many things that occupy your time each day, the different roles you play throughout your normal day.

Is that who you are? Do those things define you? Or do they only define only a portion of who you really and truly are?

The answers to these questions will help you define you.

The rock band, The Who, asked, “Who are you?”

And that’s a good place to begin.